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Manhattanville College Hosts International Film Festival

“The Story of Qui Ju,” will be part of the festival.
“The Story of Qui Ju,” will be part of the festival. Photo Credit: Courtesy Manhattanville College

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Manhattanville College in Purchase will kick off the second International Film Festival on Monday, March 17.

The festival through April 10 at Manhattanville College. All screenings will take place in the Berman Students’ Center Theater at 7 p.m. The theme of the festival is “Women in a Global Context: Then and Now.”

"The films hail from all over the world and grapple with a wide range of issues that affect the lives of women globally including, education, war, military dictatorships, motherhood, health, domestic violence, and patriarchy," representatives said.

All films in the series will have English subtitles. The series is free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, March 17 – "English-Vinglish." Director Gauri Shinde (2012) (India) A quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter every day because of her inability to speak and understand English.
  • Wednesday, March 19 – Moolaadé. Director Ousmane Sembène (2004) (Senegal). When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female genital mutilation, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.
  • Tuesday, March 25 – "Zuzu Angel" Director Sergio Rezende (2006) (Brazil). Based on the true story of Zuzu Angel, a famous Brazilian fashion designer in the 70's, who searches for her son Stuart, a member of a leftist university group who suddenly disappears.
  • Thursday, March 27 – "Grbavica" Director Jasmila Žbani? (2005) (Bosnia-Herzegovina). The survivor of a rape camp and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Balkan war.
  • Monday, March 31 – "Fireworks Wednesday" Director Asghar Farhadi (2006). All of Tehran is preparing to celebrate the traditional New Year with the festival of fire (“Fireworks Wednesday”). On this auspicious evening, a young woman named Rouhi is employed by a young couple to clean their house. Sweet and naive, Rouhi is engaged to be married, but her innocence is shattered when she finds her employers' household in crisis over accusations of infidelity.
  • Wednesday, April 2 – Student Films (Short Films by Communication Studies and Digital Media Production Students)
  • Tuesday, April 8 - "Take My Eyes" (Te doy mis ojos). Director Icíar Bollaín. Pilar, a meek housewife living in Toledo, Spain gathers few belongings one night and flees her apartment with her seven year old son, Juan. They find shelter with Pilar's sister, Ana, who would soon marry her Scottish live-in boyfriend. Antonio, Pilar's husband, tries to make her change her mind, but she is tired and fearful of his abusive behavior.
  • Thursday, April 10 -- "Story of Qui Ju" (Qiu Ju da guan si) Director Yimou Zhang (1992) (China). A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice. As she is frustrated by each level of the hierarchy and travels farther and farther away from the countryside the viewer is also provided with a look at a changing Chinese society.

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